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What causes ocular migraines and can they lead to blindness?

What causes ocular migraines and can they lead to blindness?

Reversible blindness: Retinal migraine is usually characterized by attacks of fully reversible monocular visual loss associated with migraine headache. Grosberg bm, solomon s, friedman di, lipton rb (2006) cephalalgia. 26 (11), 1275-86. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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I had my first ocular migraine I am now terrified of going blind or losing my vision. Causing me major panic attacks. Mri three years ago was normal.

I had my first ocular migraine I am now terrified of going blind or losing my vision. Causing me major panic attacks. Mri three years ago was normal.

Doesn't cause blind: Many people experience migraine with aura, what some doctors and patients call "ocular migraine." Certainly is alarming to patients the first time it happens, but rest assured it doesn't cause blindness. I'm available for consults if you'd like to discuss prevention and treatment. ...Read more

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Could i go blind from ocular migraines?

Could i go blind from ocular migraines?

Temporary: Ophthalmic migraine cause vision loss or blindness lasting for about 45 minutes, along with or following a migraine headache. Very similar to migraine with aura visual disturbances. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for patient education. ...Read more

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How come i get a blind spot before a migraine?

How come i get a blind spot before a migraine?

Ocular Migraine : Temporary blind spots and formed flashes-scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine or ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients have spasms of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms. Temporary loss of blood flow causes temporary sight loss. If it persists or interferes with daily activities then go to your primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I get a blind spot in vision before a migraine?

Why do I get a blind spot in vision before a migraine?

Aura: Many people with classical migraines have stereotyped symptoms that precede the headache, referred to as an aura. If you do have an aura, use this as your trigger to immediately take an abortive medication (nsaids or a triptan), as early aboritve treatment is much more effective than waiting until the headache proper appears. ...Read more

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Could migraine headaches make someone permanently blind?

Could migraine headaches make someone permanently blind?

Accurate Diagnosis: A migraine headache should not cause a permanent loss of vision. However, other types of headaches could be associated with permanent visual loss so a proper diagnosis is crucial. ...Read more

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3-4 blinding migraines/week. usually gone in the a.m. Leaving a headache hangover. This migraine has been constant for 83 hrs. How to make it go away?

3-4 blinding migraines/week. usually gone in the a.m. Leaving a headache hangover. This migraine has been constant for 83 hrs. How to make it go away?

Time to stop HA's: You could stop each individual event with a triptan if taken early or perhaps Cambia if taken later. But prevention might be the best approach, and there is some flavor of cluster headaches described. We do have excellent preventative drugs, both prescription, and OTC. Would a Concierge visit help guide you to solutions? ...Read more

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Does a migraine aura ever produce white blindness?

Does a migraine aura ever produce white blindness?

Yes.: Migraine auras can be vary form patinet to patient : blind spots (scotomas) which are sometimes outlined by simple geometric designs, zigzag lines that gradually float across your field of vision, shimmering spots or stars, changes in vision, flashes of light. ...Read more

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I get these weird bright spots & lines in my eyes & when i get it, i have to close my eyes until it goes away. Im blinded by It,its not a migraine?

 I get these weird bright spots & lines in my eyes & when i get it, i have to close my eyes until it goes away. Im blinded by It,its not a migraine?

Causes of visual Sx: Symptoms like these are sometimes a migraine aura, which means that a migraine headache would occur about 20-30 minutes later. They could also be affected by something in your eyes (retina) or be caused by a seizure. How long does it last? Do you have headaches? Do you have any trouble seeing at other times? ...Read more

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Yesterday got a veey bad, blinding migraine on left side. Today I woke up with horrible, head splitting pain on same side. Is it a migraine?

Yesterday got a veey bad, blinding migraine on left side. Today I woke up with horrible, head splitting pain on same side. Is it a migraine?

Postdrome migraine: After the migraine symptoms subside, many patients feel exhausted, confused or fatigued. They often complain of a "washed-out" feeling accompanied by a loss of appetite and aching muscles. The postdrome is best described as a dull, diffuse, annoying headache that may persist for one to two days, sometimes severe and disabling. See orofacial pain or headache specialist for preventive treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more


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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision is a symptom in which a person loses some or all ability to see, either in one or both eyes. Loss of vision can be temporary or permanent, and ...Read more